Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has asked people to avoid traveling for Thanksgiving. Then he jumped on a flight to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter.
Hypocrisy, first reported by 9News, is considered a forced error on the part of the mayor and poses a risk that public health officials will delegitivate requests to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, experts and officials agree.
Hancock later issued an apology: “I admit that my decision caused a lot of disappointment for those who think it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone. As a civil servant whose conduct is being properly investigated for sending a message to others, I apologize to Denver residents who consider my decision to be contrary to the guidance to stay home except for essential travel, ”Hancock said in a statement. . “As a husband and father, I made the decision, and for those who are angry and frustrated, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that burden my heart and not my head.”
But at the 2020 public court, it only got worse. Twitter has already commented.
This is the last time Denver needs to hear public health guidance from Mayor Hancock. If the city has a leader who really follows the advice given by the population, then we prefer to dress them up. https://t.co/tTLcFgkZdK
– Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) November 25, 2020
Our mayor left his city in one of the most critical periods we needed to lead the most.
DO NOT be afraid to get up together as a city and defeat this virus.
We will support our front line workers!
We will wear masks!
Our city does not depend on only one person!
– Tay Anderson (@TayAndersonCO) November 25, 2020
Shame on you, Mayor Hancock. Because of such idiotic decisions and its hypocrisy, no one takes the pandemic seriously. I understand you want to be with your family, but so is everyone else. #RulesForTheeButNotForMe
– ス タ ス パ ー ク ル ??️? (@ COfishbulb82) November 26, 2020
May @MayorHancockIts turkey is hard, its greens are crispy with grains, dotted with sweet potato pie.
– Stacey Abrams Stan Account (@World_Of_Hurt) November 25, 2020
Another man does as I say, not as I do, the politician apologizes for his hypocrisy.
In this case, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who repeatedly called on Denverites not to travel for Thanksgiving, but was caught flying to Mississippi to catch his wife and daughter. pic.twitter.com/6gsk4WXEjk
– Yashar Ali @ (@yashar) November 26, 2020
WAIT. I KNOW that the mayor is NOT in Houston on Thanksgiving after he gave us all a lecture on avoiding travel to slow the spread. Bring me!
– La Pistola (@theperfectRu) November 25, 2020
When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock confronts his own order, Denver residents must stop Mayor Hancock’s instruction. https://t.co/vGmUlvfbGZ
– Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 25, 2020
Alone at home, grow up Hancock !! ? pic.twitter.com/jiebja2M36
– Kelly Kitts?????⚾️? (@kellybuffs) November 26, 2020
I’ve alluded to such hypocrisy before to make the key #CrisisCommunications point: government leaders who do not abide by their own rules run the risk of losing all credibility for future crisis messages.
This is a driving error. https://t.co/6D5bSGaLzJ
– Mark R. Weaver (@MarkRWeaver) November 26, 2020
Maybe he could have had an honest conversation with Denver citizens for a week. Instead of a tweet on the eve of the holiday; after your flight; and after media reports. There is too much CYA.
Tracy and I are spending the holiday alone … at home … as urged by our elected leaders.
– Eric Sondermann (@ericsondermann) November 26, 2020
– Jamison Young (@JamisonCYoung) November 26, 2020
Mayor of Denver: This Denver school board is not working. I have to write a letter about it.
Also, Mayor of Denver: Let me tweet that Denver residents should stay home and not travel while I’m at the airport. https://t.co/rLglSgaIYm
– Robert Sanchez (@MileHighRobert) November 25, 2020
Read the full story here.